I too think the camera is great. It is everything I was expecting. I bought this camera as my entry from film (F3) to the digital world. The only possible draw back is not being able to meter with my old AIS lenses, but they are still usable on the new D40.
For me the D40 is a good camera. I regard my F4 as a truly great camera because it does everything I want a camera to do. The D40 lacks a couple of things that are important to me, like mirror lock-up and DOF preview, both of which were available on consumer grade Nikon film cameras not too many years ago.
I vote for "great". The thing I particularly love is it's small size and weight. Since I primarily use it while traveling those are the two most important factors for me. I have produced a ton of great photos with it.
I like it, a great camera for those of us venturing into the digital SLR realm for the 1st time. Definitely made me a fan of Nikon and I can see myself once becoming comfortable with this camera moving up the Nikon line.
AF-S and AF-I are the only Nikon lenses that will AF on the D40/D40x/D60. Sigma HSM lenses will also AF on those cameras and Tamron just announced a few lenses that will also.
If you meant AI-S lenses, you can correct that they have to be focused manually and the camera won't meter with them. I have one AI-S lens that I use on my D40 quite often and I use a hand held meter, but you can also just guess using the sunny-16 rule and then adjust based on the histogram.
I just got my D40 this past weekend so it's too early for me to vote. I joined a photgraphy club here in Dayton, OH "tonight is the first night" so hopefully I'll get a lot of shots in there, "the weather has been to crappy to go out &my kids are tired of posing."
>Thanks, Gerry. If I decide to use some of my 50mm and/or >28mm faster prime lenses then maybe i need to invest in a >handheld lightmeter...
I am using non-AIS lenses on a D40. The plan was to purchase a handheld meter, but the store suggested there was no need to do that just by using the sunny 16 rule and then adjusting as needed. That turned out to be correct, and I don't see a meter purchase anytime soon.
I love to learn stuff. In all my years of photography (ok, I'm just an amateur) I have never heard of the "Sunny-16" rule. Anyone care to explain it, and how that relates to shutter speed as well? If sunny = f16, what is the corresponding shutter speed?
Being that the D40 is my first D-SLR, moving from a Panasonic DMC-15, I think it is great. Not better than I thought because I did a TON of research before getting it so I knoew what it would and would not do.
Now if the weather would just get a little warmer so I can get outside and start shooting.
I love my D40, but I wish I could've bought a few teps up like an 80. I considered the x but could not justify the extra money for the improvements. Grouped with the 18-55 and the 55-200 it's perfect for everything from landscapes to wildlife. It's easy to use, light weight, very manageble, and takes great shots.
A lot better than I expected, actually. I have a D200, which is my main camera, and lots of great glass - much of it AF-S.
I bought the D40 used with a kit lens as a "girlfriend-camera", and expected it to just lie around while I shot my D200.
But armed with good glass (I use my Sigma 10-20 mainly, but also my 17-55 f2.8 and even my 70-200 f2.8 VR) this little camera excels. The wide zoom on the small body makes for a perfect combination, and I have shot with it a lot.
I still love my D200 and I do miss some facilities, more advanced AF and a bit of speed, but my average images with the D40 are just great.
As I said: I like it a lot better than I expected I would.
I voted great. Got mine for my birthda a couple of weeks ago and haven't really "tested" the waters yet, using the manual focus features. Taking the camera to Disney in 9 days. hope to get som good shots there!
I too, feel the D40 is between great and better than expected. I love my D40, but it is my first SLR and I am still such a newbie. I am very satisfied with it and know eventually when I get more experienced, I'll go bigger, but for now I am learning and loving it! snojean
I had to vote "Better Than Expected." This is a terrific camera! I find its simplicity and small size to be an ideal transition from MF film gear. I initially thought I would mainly use it for more casual snapshot types of shooting. I have quickly found it to be a pleasure for all kinds of "serious" shooting. It works well for my kind of photography and far exceeds my expectations. It's really more fun than someone should be allowed to have for $500 and a great transition to digital.
Bart D300s D40 F3HP FE FM2n Nikkormat FTN
Everything is a subject. Every subject has a rhythm. To feel it is the raison d'être. The photograph is a fixed moment of such a raison d'être, which lives on in itself. - Andre Kertesz